After much preparation, the young self-proclaimed Emperor of The Han Dynastory is now serving a full-time mission to the UK with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

He will return in 2014.

Hello!

Welcome to the Han Dynastory!

As I am now serving a full-time mission with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, I have left this blog under the stewardship of a family member, who may post updates on how I'm doing as he/she sees fit.

Enjoy your stay!

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Monday, December 28, 2009

Capital ideas from an awesome magazine

just read my latest Newsweek magazine. the December issues tend to have a lot of interesting recaps of the year. i have about Twenty Eight issues now and nearly every issue has been as enlightening as it is entertaining. one of the things i've learnt to enjoy is flipping through each Page while having a meal and reading the photo captions. most of them are thought provoking =p

the issue0 i just read has an obituary with more than Twenty Six people who have had great influence on the world. i'm secretly wondering if i'll ever make it there haha. Top film makers james cameron and peter jackson had a conversation on the movie industry, and what they said just Left me in a daze -.- amazing people

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Warning Signs

1. Frequent sighing
2. Emo-ness
3. Lack of appetite
4. Incessant dwelling on convoluted thoughts
5. Constant staring at nothing in particular
6. Inevitably symbolic dreams
7. Assuming that at indefinite intervals, none of the above occur - Occasional, vitalizing Creative Empowerment

Merry Christmas Eve everyone!

Friday, December 18, 2009

Jaded

Frankly, it seems like this happens every year.

Extremely annoying >.< I've learnt that thinking about what I'm feeling is the best way to screw myself.

Luckily this time round I am perhaps protected by the shades of disappointment and resignation. If I decide to do anything, I'll remember what the last escapade got me into.

I'll have to admit though, I do miss the creative empowerment XD

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Life-Changing Experience

CAUTION: This post is not as inspiring as the title suggests

Jack randomly wanted to go over to his cousin's place to have a go on the PS3 after choir today. He invited me to tag along but I wanted to head to Camden Hospital for the Pharmaplus Christmas Charity Fair which our fellow Choir member Natalie was volunteering at. We spent a good deal of money (nice to put my scholarship money to good use) and time chatting with Nat there. After that, we headed over to his cousin's place.

There it was, right in front of me, the PS3. So sleek. So tempting. I just sat in front of it and stared for a while.

"Help me switch it on"

"But I don't see any button"

"Just touch the power symbol there"

"Whoa, touch-sensitive. Oooo...."

I continued to stare at the device in awe. I even placed my hand on the PS3 to convince myself it was actually happening.

Then, of all games we could play, we had to play Arkham Asylum. Seamless gameplay, excellent theme, beautiful graphics, powerful atmosphere all rolled into one. It ruined almost every other game I've played before. No other game has ever made me feel so powerful.

Alas, my slice of heaven was short-lived as I had to shoot off for the ACJC Guitar Ensemble's charity concert I bought tickets for a while back.

Now I'm sitting here wondering what else can quench this insatiable desire.

Life is just not quite the same any more

Thursday, December 03, 2009

Life Without Maid Day 4

Kak went back to Indonesia on Monday. Permanently. She was with us for nearly 13 years. Hard to believe she's finally gone. Every time I pass what used to be her room I can almost hear her favourite K-pop playing on her phone. Everything is alright so far. She went away on a month's vacation back in 2006 and I basically had to hold the fort the last time, plus we had a much bigger house then. If we managed then, I'm sure we'll managed now. At least Mom isn't working any more.

So far delegation of household chores is on a flexible basis. Shuan being Shuan drafted a list of things that need to be done and how often they need to be done. It makes things look easier by putting everything on paper. As long as we all strive to be tidier, cleaning will be much easier. Kudos to Shuan for being the neatest. I tend to "organise" my stuff all over the place and in a horizontal manner (I detest stacking things) but at least every now and then I decide to tidy up my junk to de-stress (I have weird habits). I can't say the same for the remaining two brothers. One gets upset when told to clean up his stuff, especially when instructed to do so when he's hooked on Damnable DotA. The other is somehow oblivious/immune to all instructions related to tidying up his stuff.

The thing I miss most about Kak is her preparing breakfast on mornings where I have to go to school. I have a habit of snoozing for half an hour so by the time I wake up I have no time to prepare my own breakfast. Kak used to cut fruits, brew Milo and prepare sandwiches (I had no time to sit down and eat either). I'll probably have to do all of that the night before, since Mom needs her rest.

The more I do chores the more I realize how much of a clean freak I can be. It's almost scary. Dishes must always be squeaky clean and I rub every dish I wash to check. I learn little things about myself like that the more I do chores. Being a clean freak or neat freak are two separate matters altogether though.

I imagine it will be horribly hectic balancing school work with household chores when the school term starts, so on that note, I have sadly declined the offer to take up H3 Economy & Space at NUS next year. I already maxed out my credits, and as much as I'm interested in expanding my field of knowledge, it's more strategic to ace everything with fewer credits than cover more credits with mediocrity. I've already practically sacrificed my comic strip in the name of academic pursuits, I'm not sure what else I have left to sacrifice, so I should just stick to what I already have. My H3 Music research paper is already proving to be a pain anyway.

Maybe I should go practice on the piano now.